• Founders Month Play to Take Center Stage in Carbondale

    May 17, 2019

    In celebration of Founders Month, the Carbondale Preservation Commission is proud to present "Brush with Fame: Carbondale's Founding Story."  

    The play, written and directed by Preservation Commissioner Betsy Brown, takes an intimate look into the founding of Carbondale. Brown researched the history surrounding the formation of Carbondale using Brush’s memoir, "Growing Up with Southern Illinois," "A History of Early Carbondale, Illinois 1852-1905" by John W. D. Wright and "History of Jackson County, Illinois" originally published by Brink, McDonough & Co. in 1878. 

    The production can be seen at Carbondale Community High School on Saturday, May 25 at 2 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and free for students, including recent graduates.

    The cast is made up of experienced CCHS theater and music students. Several of the cast members appeared in last year’s "First Memorial Day" play.

    For more information about the event, contact Carbondale Preservation Commissioner Betsy Brown at (618) 967-0443.

    “Carbondale prides itself on providing its visitors, students, businesses and residents with a unique mix of edge and ease. It’s a cultural town, yet free of pretense, embracing the great outdoors as readily as urban sophistication. Here, we are open to new ideas, experiences and cultures, so you are encouraged to both express yourself and be yourself, in all ways. That’s Carbondale…All Ways Open… for family, fun, business, new ideas and a bright tomorrow.”

    Betsy Brown, Carbondale Preservation Commissioner